Bronze Miniature Reclinin...

The pair of Japanese miniature reclining bronze horses (“Taisho” mare and foal) shown are vintage bronzes from the Late Edo Period. The mare is finished in Classic Bronze, and the foal is in Chocolate Bronze, which are the most desirable bronze finishes among collectors. Condition: Excellent. Dimensions: 2-3/4”L x 1-1/2”w x 2-0”h (larger-mare) — (smaller-foal) 2-2/4”L x […]

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Seated Quan Yin with Scro...

Quan Yin, originally known as Avalokitesvara, is a highly revered manifestation of Buddha, who appears in Chinese scriptures around 400ad. Quan Yin means “one who hears the cries of the world,” and personifies the compassion of Buddha for the needy. She is the embodiment of the yin principle (The concept of yin yang is used to describe how polar opposites or […]

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Japanese Bamboo Arts | Co...

Japanese woven bamboo Ikebana baskets were commonly used to enrich the traditional tea ceremony experience. This outstanding basket has a rich patina, and is made of thin strips (masawari) of Madake Bamboo and Rattan in a beautifully crafted globular style. The integrated handle is decoratively tied off at the top. As seen, thin unspliced strips overlap to create a […]

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Japanese Bee-Hive Form Br...

One of the most famous black wares produced in China is the Jian (Jianyang) ware of Fujian province, known in Japan as Temmoku. The brown/black glaze of this water pot was marked with streaks or spots, usually called “hare’s-fur” or “oil spot” effect. The term Youhen meaning, “kiln change”, directly relates to the hare’s-fur glazing in that it refers to […]

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Japanese Antique Ivory Ed...

The Japanese word for peapod is “eda mame” and literally means “twig bean” and refers to young soybeans cropped with their twigs. The earliest solid reference to the green vegetable dates from the year 1275, when the well-known Japanese monk, Nichiren Shonin, wrote a note thanking a parishioner for the gift of “eda mame” he had left at […]

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Vintage Japanese Wedding ...

Overview— Throughout history, Japanese marital systems have gone through quite an evolution, along with changes in Japanese social systems and conditions. The most important and historical change was brought about through the rise of “bushi” warriors in the 13th and 14th centuries, which led to a change from the old practice of “muko-iri” to the […]

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Vintage Kokeshi | Japanes...

This is a Buddhist image of “Kannon Bosatsu” in the form of a Kokeshi doll, with a detachable base with a small hollow, allowing for the insertion of a small tightly rolled paper Sutra (charm), originally created by Kato Kuen, a well respected Priest of Kannonji Temple on Koya-san Mountain. This Kokeshi-styled Buddhist doll has […]

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Japanese Vintage Miniatur...

This is Japanese lacquered Bento Box was typically given at weddings. This box would have held secret treasures such as rice and tea cakes for the bride and groom. This piece is from the late Taisho or Showa period (1920). The foundation of the piece is wood and finished with a lacquer maki-e, decorated with […]

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Kawase Hasui Woodblock - ...

Kawase Hasui (1883 – 1957) was a prominent Japanese painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and one of the chief printmakers in the shin hanga, “new prints” movement. Hasui studied ukiyo-e and Japanese style painting at the studio of Kaburagi Klyokata (1878-1973). He mainly concentrated on producing watercolors of actors, everyday life, and […]

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Meiji "Jungin" Silver Plu...

Shown is a set of ten (10) Japanese jungin “pure silver” saucers from the Meiji period (1868-1912). They are purer than the standard 925 silver and in excellent condition. Each weighs 85.9 grams (3.06 oz.) each and are in the Ume (plum blossom) motif. Comes in the original signed, (Sekiya Shiro), kiri wood box. Dimensions: 4″dia. Valued at current silver […]

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Kokeshi | Rare Sosaku Bel...

This is one of the most unusual pieces we have come across incorporating both wood and metal. The head is traditionally detailed and is attached with thread to the body. The body of the piece is not wood as one would expect but metal with impressed motifs simulating a Haori (Jacket). Hanging from the base […]

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Kokeshi | Elegant Rare, B...

This is a beautiful Japanese Creative Kokeshi doll by award winning artist Tsujita Ryozou, (1923-) who passed away a few years ago and originally from Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture. The body is lathe-turned, and the details of the doll (long straight hair, eyes, and nose) are hand carved. The entire piece is finished in a special black lacquer with […]

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